What Did St. Francis Teach? Interpreting the Admonitions of Francis of Assisi
Date: January 2011
Duration: 3 hours 37 minutes
Saint Francis of Assisi did not "play it safe".
Francis is one of Christianity's best know figures, often depicted as a sensitive and passive saint who communes with nature. But, Francis' Admonitions, written toward the end of his life between 1223 and 1226 A. D. , are far from passive. Join Professor Jay M. Hammond in his 9-lecture series, What Did St. Francis Teach? Interpreting the Admonitions of Francis of Assisi, as he explores and expands on the infamous Admonitions of St. Francis of Assisi. Through this course, you will come to understand Francis' life and teachings anew. You will be able to relate more than you thought possible to the context of the Admonitions as well as the teachings and meanings of St. Francis' words.
Francis wrote the Admonitions at a time of economic decline, international conflict, and marginalization of powerless classless, much like the times we live in today. But instead of addressing these social issues directly, the Admonitions focus on the day-to-day relationships that form specific communities and, by extension, society more generally.
The Admonitions intricate structure, literary devices, word associations and comparative contrasts all work together as catalysts for spiritual insight into a Gospel inspired "form of life" that must be embodied by words and deeds.
In this program, Professor Hammond will show you how to explore these works with him, and for yourself.
This course is part of the Learn25 collection.